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Attend the ceremony

If you are collecting your graduate ticket on the day of the ceremony, you must arrive at least two hours prior to the start of your ceremony.

If you are already in possession of your graduate ticket, you must be at the graduation venue at least one hour prior to the start of your ceremony.

Graduates will enter the auditorium 30 minutes before the start of their ceremony for the student briefing.

Ceremony day schedule

Here's an example of how your ceremony day will run if the ceremony starts at 3.00pm:

1.00pm    Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

1.00pm    Arrive at venue to allow sufficient time for photography prior to start of ceremony

2.00pm    Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

2.30pm    All graduates called in to auditorium for the student briefing

2.50pm    All guests called in to auditorium for start of ceremony

3.00pm    Graduation ceremony commences

5.00pm    Graduation ceremony concludes

5.05pm    Toast to Graduates - all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

5.45pm    Toast to Graduates concludes

5.50pm    Photography available (please note that there may be long queues)

Wearing regalia

All graduates are required to wear academic regalia for their graduation ceremony. As ceremonies are formal occasions, graduates are advised to wear business attire under their academic regalia.

For more information, download How to Wear Academic Regalia.


All graduates are photographed while crossing the stage and may choose to have additional photographs taken before or after the ceremony.

If you wish to have your photograph taken by our professional photographers, we recommend you allow up to two hours for this.

On stage procedure

You will be called on stage row by row in school and course order. Please be aware that there may be slight amendments to the graduate calling order on the day so do not be alarmed if this happens.

Order of movement:

  • When instructed, move to the left and give your name to the assistant at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Move up the stairs and stand on the marked line.
  • When your name is called walk at a normal pace to the Chancellor or the Pro-Chancellor in the centre of the stage.
  • Take the parchment/testamur with your left hand and shake hands with your right.
  • Continue across the stage in the same direction, descending the stairs and return to your seat.

If you are no longer able to attend

If you have registered to attend your ceremony but find that you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony, please contact us immediately as this will have a direct affect on your fellow graduands and the smooth running of the ceremony.

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